Discover the power of branded podcasts for enhancing internal communication. Learn effective strategies for leveraging podcasts to engage and inform employees and elevate your corporate communications.
Podcasts have come a long way since 2004, but we’re still discovering the various ways brands can use them.
This area is much less explored in the podcast space and one that you might’ve not heard of. Whether large or small, organizations need to have some sort of internal comms in place to increase employee engagement and retention.
In a report done by Poppulo analyzing 2023 internal communications trends and professionals across various sizes of organizations, they found that more than 50% of internal comms professionals agreed that they do not have the right tools to do their jobs.
The same report found that 69% of managers agreed that they feel uncomfortable communicating with their employees and 50% of employees are unsure of what their managers expect from them.
To bridge this gap, we present the branded podcast.
Podcasts are a powerful tool for internal comms professionals to engage employees in an efficient and convenient medium.
In this blog, we dive into the different ways companies are currently using branded podcasts for internal communications, the benefits of the medium, and expert advice for upper management to consider adopting a branded podcast for internal comms.
There’s a time and place for emails, but when it comes to time-consuming emails, only a fraction of employees have the time to stay up to date.
And we have the numbers to prove it.
77% of employees opened internal emails, 37% of recipients read those messages and just 24% clicked through to see links or images.
Unlike emails, podcasts are measurable, engaging, and easy for employees to interact with on the go.
There are multiple ways to use podcasts for internal comms yet at the end of the day, it’s dependent on your organization and what you’re trying to achieve with your employees.
But still, here are a few examples:
Use your branded podcast to disseminate important internal news, updates, and announcements. This approach ensures that employees are consistently informed about company developments, fostering transparency and trust.
74% of employees actually feel as if they’re missing out on company news. Give your employees short and value-packed updates on company news and happenings.
This one’s especially useful for global organizations. Let your employees get to know each other by featuring different individuals across various levels and departments of your organization.
Deliver quick interview-style episodes where employees can share some things about themselves and their roles. It’s even been shown that employee productivity can increase by 25% when they feel connected to one another.
Highlight the achievements, experiences, and stories of your employees through interviews or profiles. Recognizing individual contributions can boost morale and create a stronger sense of belonging.
In fact, it was found that 80% of employees would work harder if they felt more appreciated.
Keep your employees up to date with what’s happening in your organization’s respective industry.
When sharing industry trends or updates with your employees, make sure you include what’s in it for them.
This tells employees exactly why this news is important for their day-to-day operations and prompts a sense of reflection.
Feature interviews or discussions with company leaders, allowing employees to gain insights into their vision, leadership philosophies, and future strategies.
This personal connection can inspire and motivate your workforce.
86% of employees and executives cite the lack of effective collaboration and communication as the main cause of workplace failures. On the other hand, teams who communicate effectively may increase their productivity by as much as 25%.
The distribution of the podcast is ultimately up to the brand. When most people think of podcasts, they think of highly public platforms like Spotify and Apple, but you don’t need to share your podcast amongst public networks for it to be a useful and entertaining communication tool.
When thinking of internal comms, most brands prefer to keep their series private, reaching their employees only. Luckily, there are various platforms where brands can make their RSS feeds private.
Here are some options:
Check out a full guide on how to release your podcast privately here.
Once you have your private feed set up, simply share the content through whatever channels your organization uses. Whether this is a message board, newsletter, group, etc.
We understand the temptation of an email blast, but at the end of the day, people are looking for convenience.
Quality content that’s easy to consume will help keep your organization engaged and on the same page.
To be frank, you still have an audience for your series, even if it’s your employees. Producing an internal comms series still needs to be planned and executed like a normal podcast would be.
Think about who your employees are, and the type of content they will enjoy, and find a time that is convenient for them to listen. Then ensure that your audio quality is high, so it is seamless to listen to.
Why not create something they look forward to hearing?
Leveraging branded podcasts for employee communication is a powerful and innovative strategy that can transform the way your organization engages with its workforce.
By embracing this medium, you can create a dynamic and immersive channel for sharing information, fostering a sense of community, and reinforcing your company's values and culture.
Podcasts offer a unique opportunity to connect with employees on a personal level, allowing them to hear directly from leadership, subject matter experts, and colleagues. They can be a vehicle for storytelling, knowledge sharing, and celebrating achievements, all while making the communication process more accessible and enjoyable.
However, success in using branded podcasts for employee communication requires careful planning, quality content creation, and a commitment to ongoing improvement. It's crucial to understand your audience's preferences, tailor your content to their needs, and continuously seek feedback to refine your approach.
If you’re looking to create an internal podcast, reach out to our team.
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